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Expander Energy, IMG Industries establish new cleantech company in Penticton, B.C.

May 30, 2023
By Expander Energy

Expander Energy Inc. and IMG Industries have formed a partnership to establish Expander Technologies Inc., a clean technology company based in Penticton, B.C.

Expander Technologies Inc. (ETI) will manufacture Expander Energy’s biomass gasifiers under license. These gasifiers have an innovative patented design that produces clean, tar-free synthesis gas (syn-gas) from various cellulosic feedstocks such as forestry waste, agricultural waste, urban wood-waste, and municipal solid waste. When combined with Expander’s enhanced biomass to liquids (EBTL) process, the high-quality syn-gas will be used to produce low carbon intensity renewable fuel. The gasifier technology has a proven track record in Europe for producing green power from woody biomass feedstock, demonstrating exceptional operating efficiencies.

The initial project for Expander Technologies will involve constructing a gasifier for Expander Energy’s recently announced Expander Bio-SynDiesel project in Carseland, Alta. This project will produce eight million litres/year of renewable bio-synthetic diesel fuel, with an estimated carbon intensity (CI) of 32.5 gCO2e/MJ. This significantly exceeds Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard requirement for diesel fuel of 79.0 gCO2e/MJ by 2030. Production is expected to begin in mid-2025.

Expander Energy Inc. has enlisted Expander Technologies Inc. to manufacture the gasifier for the Carseland project. Expander Technologies Inc. is an ‘Eligible Corporation’ under the British Columbia Venture Capital Tax Credit Program allowing qualified individuals and corporations in British Columbia to benefit from a 30 per cent provincial tax credit.


Additionally, Expander Technologies has entered into a share sale agreement with ABCT Pacific, a provincially certified venture capital corporation in British Columbia. This share investment will also qualify for a 30 per cent British Columbia tax credit for qualified individuals and corporations residing in the province.

“The establishment of Expander Technologies Inc. marks a significant milestone in Expander Energy’s commercialization process. By partnering with IMG Industries and manufacturing our patented gasifier design in British Columbia, we are well-positioned to meet the market demand for low carbon intensity and renewable fuels,” said James Ross, Expander executive chairman and CFO.

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